A review of 4-inch wide Italia Straps for Bass Guitars

I’ve been playing a lot of bass lately. That’s a good thing. Some of my basses weigh 12 pounds. That’s not a good thing.

I recently started using a neo-web type strap, which is made of neo-prene or something similar. It’s wide and a bit stretchy. Although a strap like this does re-distribute the weight, the slick nature of the material tends to exacerbate neck dive. I found myself going back to a narrower strap that was leather and suede.

Some online comments lead me to check out Italia Straps

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I purchased Black + Suede and a Mahogany strap.

On the whole I am pleased with these straps.

Here’s a review of pros & cons:

 

  • Pros:
    • Reasonably priced
    • Very sturdy leather
    • Wide form
    • Leather looks, feels, and smells great
    • Classic buckle-free adjustable design
  • Cons:
    • Leather is so thick that I had to compress is with a clamp and some washers before I could put my Dunlop Dual Design strap locks on. It was manageable, and should be very secure, but it was an extra step and extra effort.
    • These straps actually are so thick that they weigh almost a pound each (15 oz.). If you’re really concerned about total weight between bass and strap, that might be a factor. For me the sturdiness, strap-width, and suede backing make 15 oz. of weight acceptable.
    • Leather was a bit stiff at first. However I have a sense it will grow more supple with use.

Short version: Good value, good construction, I am happy with these straps.

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